Leadership Panel: Strategies to Lead, Attract and Engage the Workforce Post-Pandemic and On

  • June 17, 2021
  • 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM
  • Virtual via Zoom


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Event Description:

Overnight, the pandemic forced companies around the world to adjust how they do business, with mass migration to remote work that sparked rapid, widespread evolution in HR practices and policies. The workforce adapted fast and showed that it can be productive without being in the office, having face-to-face meetings, or a nine to five schedule.

Fast forward to today, and companies and employees alike are assessing what they learned from the experience, and the path forward. To name a few: the pros and cons of a physical office, the growing demand for flexible work arrangements, the rise of hybrid workforces and how they may affect workplace culture, how to manage decentralized and/or remote teams, the importance of well-being when work and home are combined, and how to enable people to bring their whole selves to the job.

Do you wonder what the best companies have been doing and how they are preparing for the next phase of the ‘future of work’? We do too!

Join us on June 17th to learn what executives from award-winning enterprises are doing to lead, attract and engage their workforce post-pandemic and on. Together, they represent over $150B in revenue, and while their industries are distinctive, all share broad recognition such as World’s Most Admired Company, Great Place to Work, Best Companies to Work For, America’s Best Employers and Most Responsible Companies.

About Our Speakers:

Susan Toadvine – Vice President, People and Culture, Publix Employees Federal Credit Union

Susan Toadvine joined Publix Employees Federal Credit Union (“PEFCU”) as their Vice President of People and Culture in March 2020, better known as the beginning of COVID-19 and change to the world of work as we know it. Prior to joining PEFCU, Susan served as the Director of Employee Relations and Talent Acquisition for Publix Super Markets, Inc. Susan believes strongly in HR being a true business partner and her passion for people and business has allowed her to better serve customers across a wide variety of industries – IT, Marketing, Manufacturing, Distribution, Procurement, Accounting and Finance – to name a few.

Susan is on the Board of Directors for Girls Inc. of Lakeland and Bartow, and she recently became a volunteer Guardian ad Litem.

Sharon Vinci - Vice President, Human Resources, Jabil Inc.

Sharon’s career spans a variety of global HR Partner, Talent Management, Employee Engagement, HR Mergers & Acquisitions and Organization Effectiveness roles with focus on building healthy organizations, strategic talent planning, complex change leadership, and business transformation while contributing to creating top-line and bottom-line business results and helping colleagues achieve their career objectives.

As a member of Jabil’s HR Leadership Team, Sharon currently serves as Vice President, Human Resources for Jabil’s Regulated Industries Segment. She had also been the VP, HR leading the Healthcare Division, HR Mergers & Acquisitions, HR Operations, Organizational Health and Enterprise HR teams. She joined Jabil in May 2014 as US Regional HR and Global Employee Engagement Leader.

She was Worldwide HR Leader with Acclarent, a medical device company acquired by Johnson & Johnson before joining Jabil. She also served as the Human Resources Leader with Life Technologies (now part of Thermo Fisher) for the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Region based in Glasgow, Scotland. Sharon received her B.S. in Accounting from Florida State University.

Karen Walker Johnson - Medicare Officer, Centene Corporation

Karen is currently the Medicare Officer for Health Net, a Centene Company. She is responsible for developing business strategies and operational plans for the Medicare line of business in Health Net California to ensure growth, positioning, compliance and profitability goals are met. With more than 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry, Karen Johnson is an innovative leader with a proven track record of developing programs and leading teams that improve the health status of vulnerable populations.

Before joining Health Net, Karen was Medicare Regional President for WellCare for Arizona, California, Hawaii, Missouri and Washington. She oversaw financial performance, network development, provider relations, quality improvement, government relations and sales and marketing. Prior to her role with WellCare, Karen was senior vice president of clinical services at Health Essentials.

Karen earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan and a Juris Doctorate from Michigan State College of Law in Lansing, Michigan. She also holds an Executive Certificate from the Wharton School of Business. She has served on the Board of Directors for several organizations, including The YWCA, Planned Parenthood, Jack and Jill Foundation, United Way and the American Diabetes Association. Karen also served on the Washington, D.C. Health Exchange Advisory Board.

Lars Strassenburg - Senior Vice President, Human Resources Americas, Siemens Healthineers

Lars Strassenburg is currently the HR Sr. Vice President for Siemens Healthineers, a Fortune 500 medical technology company headquartered in Germany, and part of Siemens AG, the largest industrial technology group in Europe, with over 293,000 employees worldwide. Lars has developed a global career across the conglomerate, including Siemens Business Services, Siemens AG, and Siemens Ltd. in Shanghai, China. Prior to joining Siemens, Lars was a Sr. HR Consultant at Arthur Andersen.

Most recently, as a member of Siemens Healthineers’ leadership team, Lars has been closely involved in the company’s largest acquisition of Varian Medical Systems, a $16.4 billion deal, accelerating the company's impact along the entire cancer care continuum and for many of the most threatening diseases.

Lars has a Diploma in Business Administration from the Technical University of Dresden, Germany. In his free time, Lars enjoys visiting museums in New York, and spending time with his family in Bryant Park, NY

Learning Objectives:

After attending this session, participants will understand the challenges and priorities of award-winning enterprises and learn about what their executives are doing to lead, attract and engage their workforce post-pandemic and on. Participants should also be able to identify emerging trends, best practices, and strategies for the ‘future of work’.

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